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King Alfred's Longships Defeat the Danes, 877

Photo credit: Parliamentary Art Collection

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The importance of the country's naval defence is the subject of this painting. Although memories of the First World War were still fresh, and the artist, as an official war artist, would have been well placed to depict one of the maritime battle scenes, this was avoided in favour of medieval history. This scene is at Swanage Bay in 877 was chosen instead, with Alfred's longships, the forerunners of the navy, defeating the supply vessels of the Danish invaders.

King Alfred's Longships Defeat the Danes, 877




oil on canvas


H 304.8 x W 442 cm

Accession number

WOA 2600

Work type



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